Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Try to Fight Way through Recent Adversity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Try to Fight Way through Recent Adversity

Article excerpt

Pitt has lost two games this week, which means the Panthers are looking at the possibility of missing the NCAA tournament for the second time in the past four years.

In the aftermath of a 67-63 loss Wednesday against Miami at Petersen Events Center, the Panthers were somewhere between somber and depressed when they talked about their postseason fortunes.

But the regular season isn't over, and coach Jamie Dixon made it clear that the Panthers must find a way to finish strong and continue to fight. He said the strength of his teams always has been their ability to rebound from losses and disappointments, and he expects this group to do the same.

"It is what we've been known for, responding to a disappointment," Dixon said. "Now we have two [losses] in a row and have to go play on the road to a team we already beat this year. It is another challenge, and I thought to some degree we came out to a level but didn't get it done."

The Panthers (19-12, 8-9 ACC) will attempt to bounce back today when they play Florida State (15-15, 7-10) at Tallahassee, Fla., in their regular-season finale.

Dixon said he believes the Panthers can still get to the NCAA tournament without having to win the ACC tournament (and thus earn an automatic bid), but they need help from other teams losing.

For the Panthers to salvage an NCAA tournament at-large bid, they must beat the Seminoles.

Pitt beat Florida State, 73-64, Jan. 14 at Petersen Events Center. In that game, the Panthers led by one point at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

The Panthers outrebounded the Seminoles, 39-31, and that is no small feat. The Seminoles are one of the tallest teams in the ACC, boasting three players who are at least 7-foot tall and are part of Florida State's regular playing rotation.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said after that game that he thought the major difference was rebounding. He said Pitt's ability to get offensive rebounds and convert them into points was a major problem.

Dixon said that game was so long ago that both teams are different now and noted that other Seminoles have emerged as team leaders.

"We played them a while back, so we have got to figure it out," Dixon said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.